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Kerry Glanfield, the creative genius behind Nyumbani Design, is no newbie to the high-end world of fashion brands. Having worked with such renown brands as Markus Lupfer, she relocated to Dar es Salaam in 2010. It didn't take long for her to notice that while wooden sculptures were commonplace in Tanzania, there was an absence of more contemporary designs. Excited for an opportunity to work with a material she hadn’t explored before, she collaborated with local wood artisans to create designs she herself would want to wear.

Having lived in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and East-Africa, Kerry draws her inspiration from the architecture and the tranquility she finds in her home. With indigenous trees as her foundation, she experiments with shapes, colors and textures to create one-of-a-kind designs.


What’s your typical day at the office?

... Living in beautiful Tanzania, I often wake up with the sunrise and like to start my day working out on my balcony or hitting the water with my stand up paddleboard (SUP). After working out, mornings are reserved for e-mails... Following that, I regularly have meetings with various artisans or suppliers I work with ... During the first stages of a collection, the best part of my day will be taken up with design work and research. I tend to take advantage of quieter afternoons and close myself off to focus on drawing and inspirational references.

Your favorite quote?

My favourite quotes can change from time to time as I use them as inspirational, motivating and grounding tools. I do have an affinity to the Tanzanian proverb “Little by little, a little becomes a lot” that inspired the letter selection for our Geometric Alphabet collection -

“It will take patience. It will take vision. It will take faith. It will take the ability to accept failure, if it comes, as a stepping-stone. But little by little a little becomes a lot.”

I like to believe that you should never doubt that the little things can make a magical difference in the world – every act counts, no matter how small.

Who would you love to wear your pieces?

Lisa and Naomi Diaz - the soulful French-Cuban musical twins of Ibeyi. I love that they uniquely blend their personalities through the music they create and that their fashion sense matches their musical diversity.

Where would you go in a time machine?

I would party with the Flappers in the Roaring Twenties

What's one cause that you would want people to rally behind?

Illegal poaching – Sadly Africa’s current poaching crisis could mean elephants, rhinos and other African wildlife maybe gone within our lifetime.

What's your vice?

Carmex lip balm

What does being an Urban Nomad mean to you?

I believe an Urban Nomad to be a working traveler – someone who seizes opportunities and embraces alternative lifestyles and new adventures by travelling the world. I would love to consider myself an Urban Nomad!

All photos courtesy of Nyumbani Design

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